Iowa State's undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) and graduate Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree programs are nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Why does accreditation matter?
Accreditation evaluates and recognizes an educational institution's performance and quality. Graduation from an accredited program establishes that you have met the educational standards of the professional planning organizations. Both the BSCRP and MCRP programs were reaccredited in 2012 and will be reviewed again in 2017.
The faculty of the Department of Community and Regional Planning have developed a set of outcomes for its BSCRP and MCRP programs. We are presently developing a simplified set of outcomes to track progress.
Students that secure internship and want to get credit can register for CRP 330 (upper level undergraduates) or CRP 530 (graduates). These courses may be taken for 1 to 3 semester credit hours and is repeatable. At the end of the internship, the student’s supervisor is expected to complete and submit an evaluation form to the CRP Department internship coordinator. Supervisors evaluate the interns on a number of indicators on the student’s performance including their writing ability, speaking ability, understanding of planning concepts, ability to analyze problems, and effectiveness in carrying out assignments. For each of these indicators, the intern is rated on a scale of 4 (Excellent = 4; Good = 3; Fair = 2; Poor =1). We use the overall mean score for these indicators as a measure of overall student achievement in the program. Note that some of the our students who complete planning internships, decide not to register for the course credit so their supervisors are not required to complete an evaluation form.
|Semester||Bachelors Program||Masters Program|
|Number of Students||Overall mean score||Number of Students||Overall mean score|
Cost of Attendance
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Information concerning the cost of attending ISU is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest.
Tuition and Fees
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Student Retention and Graduation Rates
During 2013 the Department of Community and Regional Planning awarded BSCRP degrees to 24 students and MCRP degrees to 12 graduates. Graduation rate data are not available at the department level. Graduation data and retention rates for ISU full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students are available in the ISU Fact Book. ISU retention, graduation, and transfer out data are also available in the ISU College Portrait.
Bachelors Program Retention and Graduation Rates
|Academic Year||Entering Cohort||Retention Rate||Graduated within 6 years||Graduation Rate|
|2009 - 2010||30||77%||22||73%|
|2010 - 2011||24||83%||20||83%|
|2011 - 2012||35||83%||28||80%*|
|2012 - 2013||28||75%||20||71%**|
|2013 - 2014||29||90%||n/a||n/a|
|2014 - 2015||30||77%||n/a||n/a|
* 5-year graduation rate
** 4-year graduation rate
Number of Degrees Awarded: 2014 – 24; 2015 – 16
Master's Program Retention and Graduation Rates
|Academic Year||Number enrolled||Retention Rate||Graduated with 4 years||Graduation Rate|
|2010 - 2011||11||100%||10||91%|
|2011 - 2012||6||100%||5||89%|
|2012 - 2013||10||80%||8||80%*|
|2013 - 2014||15||100%||9||60%**|
|2014 - 2015||15||87%||n/a||n/a|
|2015 - 2016||14||n/a||n/a||n/a|
* 3-year graduation rate
** 2-year graduation rate
Number of Degrees Awarded: 2014 – 12; 2015 - 9
AICP Exam Pass Rate
To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within 3 years of graduating from a master’s program, and/or within 5 years of graduating from a bachelor’s program.
|Number taking exam||5||5||5||3||1|
|Number taking exam||3||2||0||0||0|
The Employment Rate measures the percentage of graduates who obtain planning positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation. The College of Design surveys graduates of the program one year after graduation.
|Bachelors Program||Masters Program|
|2012 (calendar year)|
|Graduates - 2012||30||7|
|Professional planning job||48%||100%|
|Professional planning-related job||20%||0%|
|Pursuing advanced degree||28%||0%|
|2013 (calendar year)|
|Graduates - 2013||22||9|
|Professional planning job||59%||88%|
|Professional planning-related job||23%||12%|
|Pursuing advanced degree||12%||0%|
|2014 (calendar year)|
|Graduates - 2014||27||11|
|Professional planning job||60%||64%|
|Professional planning-related job||5%||18%|
|Pursuing advanced degree||20%||9%|